Proverbs 6:25-28 Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life. Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?
Almost everyone has heard the phrase at one time or another, “if you play with fire you’re going to get burned.” Oh how true that is.
When I was a very little boy, I am told that I leaned over a hot flame somehow, and burned a place on my stomach. I don’t really remember it happening. I know I’ve never done it again, so I must have learned a lesson not to do so. However, the memory was part of a very early childhood that I, as most, don’t remember. I might have been 2 or 3 years old at the time.
So what would cause my parents to bring this up, and tell me about it? Could it be they wanted to be certain, as I grew older I’d never be burnt again? Not exactly. Did they somehow get a kick out of telling me how careless I was at a young age? No! I was a child. Not so much careless, as I was just curious. So why did they feel a need to share the story with me? It was because, on my stomach there is a one-inch square area that was lighter than the rest of my skin there. I had a scar, and wanted to know where it came from, so they told me. As a young boy, I felt a bit self-conscious about it. Today it’s almost unnoticeable unless I point it out. Nevertheless, it’s still there.
Solomon tells his son in today’s passage that sexual sin will always do to you, the same as the fire did to me. Although the sinful act may be far behind you, it will scar you for life. Someday it might not be as noticeable, or memorable as before, but it’s always there, burned into your memory. Just like that scar on my belly.
So how do we keep this from happening? Well it’s simple. If I had not leaned over the flame, I would not have the scar. If we stay clear from sexual sin, we will never have to carry any of the scars.
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